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Stage Beauty Reviews

September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 11, 2004
The attraction to Stage Beauty is that it is just as much a campy comedy as it is an elegant drama.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 5, 2004
It's a Restoration romantic comedy that struggles with the romance and isn't nearly comic enough.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 5, 2004
Has a weird, compelling energy, fueled by a deliciously dynamic cast, a cheerfully bawdy and odd story line and a refreshing, impossible romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 22, 2004
Even if playwright Jeffrey Hatcher was a bit too tied up in his original play, there's no denying the wonderful wit at its center.
Read More | Original Score: B+
October 22, 2004
While Eyre's direction is somewhat squarely theatrical, his sense both of period and the theatrical milieu is powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 22, 2004
Director Eyre brings a brisk energy and knowing eye to the period textures, atmosphere and supporting characters one expects in a drama-comedy unfolding by candlelight on backstages and behind palace walls.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 22, 2004
The result plays like a theater person's idea of serious cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 22, 2004
Danes, who specializes in sincerity and lacks Crudup's theatrical training, doesn't fare nearly as well. Playing an actress who can't act very well, she seems genuinely lost.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 22, 2004
The worst problem with the movie is its inability to rise above the muddle of ideas with which it toys.
Read More | Original Score: C+
October 22, 2004
It has a poignancy that Shakespeare lacks, because it is about a real dilemma and two people who are trying to solve it; must Ned and Maria betray their real natures in order to find love, or accept them?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 22, 2004
For Crudup, this is a career-topping, Oscar-worthy performance that goes beyond the novelty of simply dressing in women's clothes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 21, 2004
Has some jolly good moments, buoyed by an intriguing story and an often dynamic cast.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 21, 2004
Weaves an element of farce into a historical theatrical setting, confronting serious issues and raising thoughtful questions at the same time as it has a little fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 21, 2004
A rich, shining valentine to the British theater and the eternal joys of Shakespeare.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 21, 2004
[Crudup] is fearless, funny, poignant, clever, tragic and altogether dazzling.
Read More | Original Score: B+
October 19, 2004
Crudup is a spellbinder in any mode he chooses to play: highly mannered or naturalistic, it makes no difference.
October 15, 2004
Crudup and Danes display a palpable chemistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 15, 2004
This is a celebration of the theater, a big, wet kiss to the craft of acting and the artists who inhabited London's early stages.
October 15, 2004
Those who repeddle success would be wise to make the copy at least as good (if not better) than the original. Otherwise, they're merely setting themselves up for daunting comparison.
October 15, 2004
Director Richard Eyre and writer Jeffery Hatcher, who wrote the source play, obviously know the milieu.
October 15, 2004
Stage Beauty captures the tensions and electricity of backstage dramas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 14, 2004
Boasts excellent actors, a good story, and no particular point.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 14, 2004
Vibrant, thrilling, colorful and somewhat campy.
October 14, 2004
Bags of fun to watch.
October 11, 2004
It just keeps meandering and meandering.
October 8, 2004
It has real ideas at its center.
October 8, 2004
Claire Danes and Billy Crudup certainly spark a terrific chemistry on screen.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 8, 2004
Earlier this week, I named 25 legitimate contenders for this year's Best Actor Oscar. Make it 26.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 8, 2004
The gender role-playing puts spine in this period piece that is vital to the here and now.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 8, 2004
It's deeply perceptive about what good actors do, without resorting to theatrical platitudes.
October 7, 2004
A 17th century Star is Born, though with interestingly convoluted sexual politics and a provocative historical thesis.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 7, 2004
One could call it a romantic farce, except it's not much of a romance, not much of a farce and, despite the talent at work here, not much of anything.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 7, 2004
A celebration of the theater that tends to drag the moment it's out of drag.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 6, 2004
Mixes daring and conventionality in ways that never jell.
October 6, 2004
Those who are looking for a love story along the lines of Shakespeare in Love may be disappointed -- Stage Beauty is neither as romantic nor as endearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 6, 2004
Surely it can't come as news to the filmmakers that a distinction exists between gender and sexuality?
September 29, 2004
Skillfully acted, handsomely crafted frock piece toys cleverly with gender confusion and sexual identity.
September 9, 2004
A splendid cast is topped by Billy Crudup and Claire Danes, two Americans whose English accents are flawlessly natural and whose chemistry far exceeds that of Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes in Shakespeare.